These guys have to be idiots, really. They could get away with it anyway.
But they’ve just got to fit themselves for halos. While they’re bashing all these vulnerable Americans, they’ve got to excuse it as if it’s the right thing to do. Puh-leeze. They must know what they’re doing is wrong. Otherwise, why bother?
Sure, let’s take away federal government food stamps from families where even one worker chooses to go on strike:
STRIKING WORKERS INELIGIBLE. — Not-withstanding any other provision of law, no member of a family unit shall participate in the food stamp program at any time that any able-bodied work eligible adult member of such household is on strike as defined in the Labor Management Relations Act . .
WOW. What the hell is that about? It’s to “provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, to provide additional work requirements BLAH BLAH . . “ Oh, well then that’s fine. God knows the average American deplores the paucity of ‘means testing.’ Time to snatch food stamps out of the hands of poor children. I’m sure that’s exactly what you asked your Republican Representatives, guys like Louie “terror babies” Gohmert, to do.
Considering one out of seven Americans qualifies for food stamps during the Great Republican Recession, this sounds suspiciously like an employer-sponsored attack on their poorest wage slaves. Because it is. The people who strike are the folks sick and tired of being paid crap, who are also the ones relying upon the government to help with the kids’ food bills.
It’s a diabolical trap. If you’re a poor, working schlub, the government demands you be quiet and humble or they’ll hurt your kids. Sounds like good government, doesn’t it? God knows this is about good government.
Florida Senate panel approves plan to drug test welfare recipients
Stephen C. Webster | March 24th, 2011
A bill to mandate drug tests for welfare recipients was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate panel earlier this week, putting the proposal one step closer to coming up for a full Senate vote of approval.
The legislation, S.B. 556, would also require that welfare applicants pay for their own drug test before they can be approved for any state assistance.
If you’re hurting, busted up, mentally ill, stressed out, psyched out, sleepless, recently dumped, widowed, depressed, destitute, hopeless or jobless, better straighten up and fly right. Time for noses to be extra-clean.
Say, why can’t a two-bit scumbag like you go to a doctor? Why can’t you see a psychiatrist? Sheesh. Fine, whatever, take your chances. That’ll be $35, incidentally.
Dovetailing on the bill’s progress through the Senate committee on Tuesday, Scott also issued an executive order requiring that all state employees be subjected to urine analysis once every quarter, with random screenings throughout.
So the poor folks in line down at the welfare office will get their checks from the working poor across the counter. And they’ll all be prodded, probed, pushed around, and piss-tested by Big Brother. I don’t imagine any brawls breaking out. Because this is great government.
Maine Takes Down Labor Mural
by Susan Sharon | March 24, 2011
Labor leaders in Maine are outraged over a decision by Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his new administration to remove a 35-foot mural from the Maine Department of Labor. The mural depicts scenes from Maine’s labor history, including a strike at a shoe factory and a paper mill as well as Rosie the Riveter. A spokeswoman for the governor says all departments in state government need to make all people feel welcome — and the mural does not do that.
What? A labor mural? “Look, there’s that painting of working people. Boy, I feel lonely.” Oh, c’mon.
LePage’s administration said they had received complaints from business owners who objected to the mural’s allegedly pro-labor undertones.
Well, that’s a telling statement. Maine employers see the world as a giant war. If you like workers, then you hate employers, simple as that. If, say, you, or your Dad, ever hired anybody, you probably detested that painting. Psychology 101. Never figured an asshole Republican like Paul LePage to be such a wilting flower. Good government, after all, is about taking everybody’s most trivial feelings into account. The thousands and thousands of them, what a task . .
. . LePage has so far produced just a single complaint — an anonymous fax, a copy of which was released today.
LePage’s office now says that it was “a letter, not a fax.” . . However, this point from Seitz-Wald still stands: “. . why is LePage making policy decisions based on a single [letter] from an anonymous ‘Secret Admirer’?”
Okay, it was only one person’s feelings. One anonymous person’s feelings. Still, we don’t wanna gang up on that person.
Governor PAUL LEPAGE: . . the mural sends a message that we’re one-sided and I don’t want to send that message.
No, not that anti-business, pro-Rosie the Riveter message. When your Governor gets an anonymous letter from Prime Minister Tojo, he gets results, and that’s fantastic government.